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Lehigh Valley engineering leader earns top state award

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(Contributed) Timothy S. Ormiston, left, 2016 president of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, presents the State Engineer of the Year Award to Kevin T. Campbell, president of Barry Isett & Associates
(Contributed) Timothy S. Ormiston, left, 2016 president of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, presents the State Engineer of the Year Award to Kevin T. Campbell, president of Barry Isett & Associates

The leader of a Greater Lehigh Valley engineering firm earned a top state award last week for his contributions to the field.

The Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers honored Kevin T. Campbell as the 2016 Pennsylvania State Engineer of the Year on Sept. 23 during the 2016 PSPE State Conference at the Valley Forge Doubletree Hotel. The award recognizes his professional achievements, civic, engineering and educational contributions.

He is president and chief operating officer of Barry Isett & Associates Inc., an engineering firm headquartered in Upper Macungie Township with other offices in Phoenixville, Hazleton and Forty Fort.

“How does anyone live up to that title?” Campbell said. “It’s really an award you accept with a lot of humility. When I accepted the award, I said it has a lot to do with the company and the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Society of Professional Engineers.”

The Lehigh Valley Chapter is the organization that nominated him, he said.

Campbell, who has a 32-year career in engineering, said he previously worked as an engineer in the semiconductor industry. It was a job he described as his first career, and one that was exciting, interesting and “like a rollercoaster,” but one that came to a screeching halt once the internet gained ground in 2001.

He joined Barry Isett in 2005 as a staff management analyst and became vice president in his first year at the company.

“When I met Barry, [the founder], he said, ‘I’m looking for an engineer who knows how to run a business.’ ”

At Barry Isett & Associates, Campbell said, he found a small, family owned company that was growing quickly.

“My job was to put in some structure to handle the growth,” Campbell said.

This state award recognizes that engineers can be leaders, he added. It’s a notion that’s not commonly associated with the role.

“The award recognizes the importance of leadership,” Campbell said.

As the immediate past president of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of PSPE, he has coordinated the Lehigh Valley MathCounts program since 2010 and was the co-coordinator of the 2016 statewide competition.

MathCounts is a nationwide initiative promoted by the National Society of Professional Engineers to encourage math literacy among middle school students.

A graduate of Lehigh University, Campbell earned a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in electrical engineering. Prior to that, he attended Penn State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering.

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